I’ll Stand Over Your Grave Till I’m Sure that You’re Dead

There are reports that Robert McNamara, perhaps the most morally compromised member of the Johnson administration, has died at 93. I’ll be listening to Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” later this morning as a memorial. The best brief account you’re likely to find of McNamara’s life is Paul Hendrickson’s The Living and the Dead, which begins with an account of McNamara’s upbringing, then tells the stories of five Americans whose lives were exploded by McNamara’s policies in Vietnam. [More informationon on McNamara here; Charlie Rose interview with Hendrickson; Errol Morris’s film about McNamara, The Fog of War.]